student design competition


PAVE 2019
Student Design Competition




The PAVE Student Design Competition promotes “real world” design experience for college-level students interested in pursuing careers in the retail design industry. Students involved in retail planning, visual merchandising, interior design and branding programs are encouraged to participate in creating a dynamic design space for Bank of America. Students participating in our competition will demonstrate the will to innovate, redesign, and reinvent an actual retail design space.

This annual international competition is only open to college-level students involved in retail planning, design, visual merchandising, and branding programs. This year’s challenge Bank of America invites you to create the ideal university on-campus free standing pop-up banking experience for students during the beginning stages of their financial journey.


• What would you like the power to do?
At Bank of America, we ask this question every day of all those we serve. It is at the core of how we live our values, deliver our purpose and achieve responsible growth.
• Our Values
Deliver together. Act responsibly. Realize the power of our people. Trust the team.
• Our Purpose
To help make financial lives better, through the power of every connection.

Retail banking is undergoing a transition from transactions to relationships, and channel capabilities are rapidly evolving to serve client needs and expectations.
Consider this an invitation to reimagine the retail banking experience!
Prizes include grants to students and schools and winning students may even see their designs come to life. The competition is open to undergraduate students only.

Prizes Include:

First Place - $8,000
Second Place - $5,500
Third Place - $3,000
Honorable Mention - $1,000

*Winners will also receive a travel stipend to be honored at the 2019 PAVE Gala on December 4, 2019, in New York City
**Prizes awarded to teams of two will be split between both team members

Congratulations to the following PAVE 2019 Student Design Competition Winners:

1st Place - Kareena Sankreacha, Humber College

2nd Place - Alyson Arnold & Sam Charlinski, Fanshawe College

3rd Place - Jake Still, Appalachian State University

Honorable Mention - Evelin Tracz, New York School of Interior Design

PAVE Student Design Competition Winners Talk About Their Journey

“The relationships that I have formed through this experience are what I value most, as they become great testimonials of me as a designer. My accomplishments at PAVE have brought me closer to achieving my career goals and I only hope to grow from here.”
- Akansha Osmond, Humber College
“As someone with no previous retail design knowledge, it was exciting to have the opportunity to gain exposure in an area of design that I have always been interested in. The highly competitive nature of the competition pushed me to challenge myself both creatively and strategically, teaching me how to create a compelling project that, while complex, could deliver the overall concept in clear and concise way. ”
- Katie Costa, University of Cincinnati
“Being a young professional, PAVE has allowed me to showcase my talents through numerous outlets and opportunities offered. With award recognition from the ‘Student Design Competition’, I received exposure into the industry through not only showcasing my talent, but also being fortunate enough to attend various events and conferences.”
- Quianna Teixeira, Humber College